Stu­dent’s story wins print spot

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

Mata­mata Intermediate School stu­dent Ni­co­las Con­cha’s writ­ing been selected to fea­ture in a book of his­tor­i­cal sto­ries with a New Zealand twist.

The Be­yond this Story com­pe­ti­tion run by Tau­ranga Writ­ers asked intermediate stu­dents to en­ter a piece of hy­per-fic­tion (a nar­ra­tive in­spired by a real per­son or true event).

Ni­co­las chose to base his story Dread­ing Moun­tain around the 1954 Ruapehu erup­tion and was one of 50 stu­dents cho­sen to fea­ture in the book.

‘‘It’s pretty cool be­cause I was only 11 and I al­ready got my first story pub­lished,’’ he said.

Room 1 stu­dents en­tered the con­test last year as part of an as­sign­ment and Lane Tims, now at high school, also had his story pub­lished.

Ni­co­las said he did a lot of re­search on the erup­tion to make sure his story was ac­cu­rate.

‘‘We had to find three sources of in­for­ma­tion to make sure it was true,’’ he said.

Ni­co­las, now 12, said read­ing a lot and build­ing a strong vo­cab­u­lary had helped him in the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘ I like to read mythol­ogy and ad­ven­ture sto­ries, prefer­ably fan­tasy fic­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘My favourites

are

prob­a­bly

the Percy Jack­son and se­ries.

‘‘Fan­tasy re­ally gets your imag­i­na­tion go­ing. The de­scrip­tion is re­ally good so you can eas­ily pic­ture it in your mind, which is one of the things that make read­ing re­ally in­ter­est­ing.’’

Teacher Deb­bie Cur­rie said the idea was to give the stu­dents an au­then­tic pur­pose for their writ­ing.

‘‘It’s been an op­por­tu­nity for the kids to show­case their writ­ing and to be re­ally proud of it,’’ she said.

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